Innovation Square

Innovation Square is our newest housing option and is offered through the room selection process. Innovation Square is located in the former Xerox Tower on Clinton Avenue in downtown Rochester. Only juniors and seniors may select options in Innovation Square. This is a nine-month housing contract through the Office of Residential Life (May – August), not a 12-month lease. There will be a mix of two- and three-bedroom furnished apartments available in the lottery.

Both the two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments have fully equipped kitchens (including a dishwasher, stove with oven, microwave, and refrigerator) and living rooms. The two-bedroom apartments have one shared bathroom and the three-bedroom apartments have a bathroom and a half bath (toilet and sink only). Students must have two people to select a two-bedroom apartment and three people to select a three-bedroom apartment.

The orange shuttle line stops at Innovation Square. Parking is available on-site for an additional fee (paid directly to Innovation Square). Students in Innovation Square may select a commuter meal plan as an option but can select any of the other meal plans as well.


Apartment features:

  • Fully furnished apartment
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • In-suite washer and dryer
  • Private bedrooms
  • Elevators
  • Unmatched downtown views

A full list of community amenities can be found on the Innovation Square website.


Innovation Square is on the University shuttle orange line. The orange line offers daily morning and evening service between River Campus and downtown housing (East Ave., Monroe Ave., Alexander St.). The shuttle also stops at Eastman Living Center on weekends and after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Off Campus Option

Innovation Square is a collaborative campus in which students from multiple colleges, universities, and institutions can live, learn, and innovate. Juniors and seniors who decide to live off campus can choose to lease directly through Innovation Square. Students who lease directly through Innovation Square will have a 12-month lease, additional floor plan options, and Greenlight Fiber Internet. See the Innovation Square website for more information.

Students who receive need-based financial aid are encouraged to speak to their financial aid counselors to discuss how the changes to their housing cost will impact their award amounts. Contact information can be found on the Financial Aid Office’s website. Resources for off campus housing can be found on our off-campus housing page.